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Carnival of Souls

Published 1962

After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Run time 01:23:00
Producer Herk Harvey
Production Company Harcourt Productions
Audio/Visual sound, black & white


Reviewer: aliensurfa - - January 3, 2012
Subject: scary memories!
I saw this movie when I was about 9 years old during the 1960s, as part of an all night scary movie marathon. My parents would never have allowed me to watch it but we had a babysitter.... This movie scared the living daylights out of me and to this day (I'm now 53) when I recall it, I get goosebumps! It's proof enough to me that movie ratings should be taken notice of! It created a very creepy atmosphere that has endured.
Reviewer: cloudeagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2011
Subject: A surprise
Well I thought this was a great oddity film. Pretty spooky and although organ music drives me nuts it workrd in the film.
All in all well worth the watch.
Reviewer: tohofan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2010
Subject: Saltair Pavilion
The original Saltair pavilion burnt down in 1925 It was then rebuilt and burnt down again in 1931 and repaired and in use until around 1958 when it was locked up and left to fall apart.An arsonist burnt it to the ground in 1970 ,as far as I've read the fire dept just let it burn .Another Saltair pavilion was put up in 1980 but its just an old aircraft hanger and nothing like the older versions and it's used as a concert venue .zyou can still see the old wooden piles sticking out of the lake that held up the old pavillions .
Reviewer: darraghtank - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 7, 2010
Subject: beg to differ
im sorry , the cinematography is great but as the viewer i just dont care what happens next
Reviewer: barticle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2009
Subject: Carnival
The dance hall featured in this film really exists. It's located on the Great Salt Lake not far from Salt Lake City. Just as the padre in the film states, it was abandoned when the lake level fell. I don't know if it was ever a carnival, tho. I give this film 5 stars for sheer spookiness.
Reviewer: DJ Psychomike - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2009
Subject: A poetic dream of a horror film
Hard to believe this film not only was released to theaters, but in the film THE BLOB its one of the films listed on the marquee! Even then people knew this film was different.
Reviewer: Vance Capley - favoritefavorite - September 29, 2008
Subject: A cult classic for the soul...
This moves, feels and sounds like a nightmare. It is perfect for late night viewing. Prepare to be scared!(kids maybe, adults...not so much)
Reviewer: human - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 11, 2008
Subject: A must-see b-movie
Okay, the cinematography isn't all that great, but it's still a moody, atmospheric chiller that, if trimmed down to half an hour, would have made a great Twilight Zone episode. That said, it's a thoroughly enjoyable film that succeeds mainly on its ability to allow the viewer to sympathize with the heroine.
Reviewer: Freddie Jaye - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2008
Subject: Cocteau meets the Twilight Zone
First off, this movie was made on-the-cheap, and there are many mistakes in it. So what?

"Carnival of Souls" is an influential piece of movie-making, and is rumored to have given George Romero a couple of ideas for "Night of the Living Dead."

No gore, no huge shocks...but its eeriness builds throughout the running time. Many of today's viewers will see the ending coming, but I like to think it "wowed" them way back then.

And don't be surprised if you find yourself loving it or hating it; "Carnival of Souls" usually elicits one or the other extreme reaction.
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